Have you heard of CETA? Acronym for Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. I just heard about it a few hours ago over dinner while having a family discussion about a recent talk by Maude Barlow at the University of Guelph.
The first thing that popped into my head upon hearing the word CETA was "CETAcean", the order of mammals consisting of whales and dolphins. Well, CETA is a whale of a trade agreement which, if implemented, would, in the words of Terry Boehm of the National Farmers Union, "be more draconian than WTO or NAFTA." Negotiations have been behind closed doors and the national media hasn't placed this in the news spotlight on a consistent basis.
I thought I was up on my current events but this flew in under my radar. Trade agreements are more in the domain of bureaucrats and technocrats, bland, boring and uninteresting. This proposed agreement would have a more significant impact on the lives of all Canadians than hot-button and glamorous topics like the proposed purchase of F-35 fighter jets, corporate tax cuts, economic stimulus packages, or tainted food that may have affected scores of people.